A Group-Administered social Skills Training for 8- to 12- Year-Old, high-Functioning Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Evaluation of its Effectiveness in a Naturalistic Outpatient Treatment Setting

Anne Deckers, Peter Muris, Jeffrey Roelofs, Arnoud Arntz

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Abstract

A social skills training (SST) for high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) was evaluated in an outpatient setting using a combined between- and within-subject design in which SST and a waiting list condition were compared. According to parents and teachers, the SST produced greater improvement of social skills than the waiting list, and these effects were maintained at 3 months follow-up. No between-group effects were found for loneliness, although in general scores on this outcome measure decreased from pre- to follow-up. The effects of SST were unaffected by social anxiety, ADHD symptoms, Theory of Mind, or desire for social interaction. Altogether, SST seems an effective intervention for high-functioning children with ASD that can be applied in daily clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3493–3504
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume46
Issue number11
Early online date13 Aug 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016

Keywords

  • Social skills
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Children
  • DSM-IV
  • INTERVENTIONS
  • ANXIETY
  • INDIVIDUALS
  • LONELINESS
  • FRIENDSHIP
  • MOTIVATION
  • COMORBIDITY
  • INTERVIEW
  • SCREEN

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